“Hi, Mr. President,” Maddow, typically a scorching Trump critic, responded in a surprisingly friendly tone. “Thanks for tweeting that interview.”

Then her response started to take a turn: ”Gen. Semonite and the Army Corps are indeed doing great work, but at nowhere near the scale that is needed.” she added.

Maddow noted that the U.S. is “hundreds of thousands of hospital beds behind, months behind schedule, and we’re about to see the number of sick patients surge and hospitals overflow in multiple US sites at once.”

Then she got down to it, telling Trump flatly: “You personally are leading the worst national response of any industrialized nation in the world, in what is now the largest COVID-19 outbreak on earth.”